© 2024 WYSO
Our Community. Our Nation. Our World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Dayton Foodbank Inc. Organizes Bonus Mass Food Distribution

Volunteers giving out food at the Dixie Twin Drive-In.
Alejandro Figueroa
Volunteers giving out food at the Dixie Twin Drive-In

The 90 degree weather didn't stop The Dayton Foodbank and volunteers from holding a “mini” mass food distribution on Tuesday at the Dixie Twin Drive-In.

The foodbank was joined by about two dozen volunteers from CareSource and Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The bonus mass distribution event was the first of six other planned events in addition to the usual three the food bank holds once a year in each county it services.

Chief Development Officer for the Foodbank, Lee Lauren Truesdale, said anyone who needs food is welcome to come to their distribution events.

“We have produce boxes, we have dairy, we have bakeries, some shelf stable items, macaroni and cheese, so really a wide variety of everything for folks who might be struggling to make ends meet right now.” Truesdale said.

Lauren Tappel, the development lead for the Foodbank, said the food bank was expecting about 250 families but quickly passed that number.

“We weren’t expecting a high turn-out today, we were thinking between 250-300 families,” Tappel said. “We served over that halfway through the event, and we started early.”

Despite the high turn-out, the Foodbank was still able to serve anyone that lined up to come and served over 500 households and nearly 60,000 pounds of food.

The next event at the Dixie Twin Drive-In will be held in August. More details can be found at the Dayton Foodbank’s Facebook page.

Alejandro Figueroa covers food insecurity and the business of food for WYSO through Report for America — a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Alejandro particularly covers the lack of access to healthy and affordable food in Southwest Ohio communities, and what local government and nonprofits are doing to address it. He also covers rural and urban farming

Email: afigueroa@wyso.org
Phone: 937-917-5943